1955-11-30 Carmen Basilio w rsc 12 (15) Tony DeMarco, The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - WORLD
1955-11-30 Carmen Basilio w rsc 12 (15) Tony DeMarco, The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - WORLD. Referee: Mel Manning. After injuring his left hand in the second round and losing the first few rounds, the champion started to pick it up in the fifth when beginning to beat DeMarco (145½) to the punch. Sensing the tide was turning, DeMarco, cut over the left eye, made an all-out effort in the seventh before fading as Basilio (145½) came on strong with both hands and in the 11th he was badly hurt by body punches. As in their last fight the 12th proved to be decisive. A series of right hands to DeMarco’s head saw him eventually slump to the deck for ‘eight’ and although he was allowed to carry on he was immediately heading for the canvas again after being slammed by a left hook-right to the jaw before being rescued by the referee with 66 seconds of the session still remaining.